Following the advice from the Government concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, as we make plans to temporarily close our office (the first time since the office opened in 1933) and work from home, we want to bring you as much information as we can regarding the situation with your tenancy.
Landlords: following the advice from the Government concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made plans to temporarily close our office (for the first time since 1933) and work from home. As this is uncharted territory, changes may have to be made as the situation unfolds over the next few days/weeks and this blog will outline our stance and be amended as changes happen.
The short answer is yes, you do need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to sell your property, in fact you can find yourself facing a fine if you don't have a certificate when you need one. EPC's are required whenever a house is built, sold, or rented. But here's some more information about what they are and what they contain.
Today is World Sleep Day 2020. Did you know, most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night? The mattress industry generally recommends that mattresses be replaced every 7-10 years, as the aches and pains caused by old or unsupported mattresses can contribute to a reduction in the hours of sleep you get.
There's lots of stress involved in the process of selling your property, but you can makes sure it doesn't take over! With this in mind, we’ve put together a few thoughts on ways you can reduce your stress levels when selling your home.
Data from the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA) shows that demand for rental properties increased to the highest level ever in January, with 88 prospective tenants registered per lettings agency branch compared to just 56 in December 2019. This amounts to a 57% increase in the number of prospective tenants registered!
Whether you're looking to make the space in your current home work for you, or are looking to purchase a project to make your own - renovating can be an excellent answer to making the most of your property. It's also not for the faint-hearted, so we've put together some tips to help you ensure that your project runs as smoothly as possible to get you you dream home.
As the weather gets colder, it gets harder and harder for our feathered friends to find food. With that in mind, now is a good time to start feeding them and topping up their food regularly, so they will know they can rely on the food supply in your garden throughout the leaner months.
There’s nothing quite like getting home from work, closing the curtains to banish the cold and dark, and relaxing in a cosy environment. With that in mind, we’ve put together this little list of things you can do to help maximise your environment with winter vibes.
The leaves are turning colour, the mornings and evenings now require a jumper, and pumpkins are on sale at the shops – now is the perfect time to carry out a few jobs to prepare your home for the colder months.
The ninth annual Gas Safety Week sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Find out about our input into this important safety week.
Woodworm can cause serious damage to your property by eating away at the timber and wooden furniture you may have. Depending on the species of woodworm the lifecycle will last from between two to five years. One of the main issues with woodworm is that they are usually only seen towards the end of their lifecycle when the damage has already been done. Check our information leaflet and catch the blighters before it's too late!
When you put your property on the market, potential buyers looking around on viewings desperately want to imagine themselves living in your property. By making an effort to show your home at its best, you’ll be helping them to imagine the space working for them. Here are some of our top tips on getting your property market ready, and showing off its best assets!
Although rising damp can potentially occur in any building, it is particularly common in older buildings. This is mostly down to a previous damp proofing course that has failed or where the ground level around a building has risen. Rising Damp if left untreated will not just damage wall plaster but could also lead to timber decay in the form of dry or wet rot. Dry rot is arguably the worst possible property problem that can occur so it’s really important any signs of rising damp are not ignored.
Treating condensation is one of the biggest issues in a rental property. There is always that 'who's at fault' issue and, from experience, it is a 50/50 situation. Older properties are prone to condensation because they have often had double glazing fitted, which was not the design when the building was erected. Landlords need to provide vents, extraction bricks or fans, and tenants need to dry their washing at the launderette or outside! Read on...
Once a really common sight in UK countryside, the lovable critters which have inspired favourite characters such as Beatrix Potter’s Mrs Tiggywinkle, are in serious decline with the hedgehog population thought to have fallen from 30 million to less than 1 million since the 1950s. What can be done to help? Read on...
Japanese knotweed has the potential to cause disastrous consequences to the structural integrity of a property if left untreated. However, this invasive weed is actually edible and can be used to compliment a variety of delicious and nutritious recipes. Have a read...
On average the United Kingdom receives 885mm of rainfall per year. Unfortunately, this level of rainfall also means that many properties across the U.K are at a higher risk of flooding following these periods of rainfall. Therefore, it can save you potentially thousands of pounds to not leave water damage to chance and to know why basements flood and how to prevent it from occurring.
We all love the sunshine, but this warmer weather will also attract insects, such as woodworm, who will slowly start emerging from timber to begin mating and laying eggs in your home. Find out how to find and treat them.
If you don’t have any grass or traditional borders but you do have an outside space, no matter how small, then planting up a few pots with bright flowers not only provides bees with food, it provides you with a treat for your eyes!
It's incredibly exciting to carry out a property refurbishment, but whether your budget is big or small, the costs can quickly get out of control, so we’ve put together a tick list to help keep you on track and on budget.
As Japanese Knotweed is quite an attractive looking plant, it tends to blend into the environment and quite often can go undetected. However, this mishap could have massive ramifications as the invasive plant has the potential to seriously impact the structural integrity of a building.
An estimated 5.8 million British tenants have been affected by damp or condensation issues. However, how are you able to tell what damp issue you have and what you need to do to remove it.
New research from property portal 'Zoopla' shows that parking sits firmly at the top of requirements for tenants - but pet-friendly facilities are a growing expectation. At Wills & Smerdon we want to support Landlords hoping to profit from this growing trend!
The private rental sector has been hit recently with one piece of legislation after another, and now there are over 150 laws which must be adhered to in order not to face prosecution, fines or even jail sentences. Read about it here:
Wills & Smerdon has been independently identified as one of the top estate agents in the country and now features in the Best Estate Agent Guide.